Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool seeks to create a stimulating and enriching educational environment for each and every child.
We are devoted to helping children learn socialization skills, building their self-confidence and teaching them the preliminary skills to explore and experience the world independently from their parents.
In addition, we seek to ignite a spark in each child to lay claim to her or his Jewish heritage and commit him or her to a lifetime passion for learning.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Nevonim's trip to Urban Adamah!

Dear Nevonim Parents,

We had a great field trip yesterday!  Thank you to all the drivers.  When we got to the farm we met our tour guides Casey, Yotam and Lizzie.  We sang a few songs, warmed up our bodies and learned the word for earth (adamah) as well as a few other words in Hebrew and English (all of which our children knew already!)  One guide came and whispered a farm animal name into each child's ear to indicate which group - ceves, (sheep), tarnagolet (chicken) and barvaz (duck) we were in.  Each group went on a mini scavenger hunt to do and find items on the farm - we were rewarded with smiley face tickets since, as we learned, every smile brings as much satisfaction as 10,000 pieces of chocolate.  We learned how Urban Adamah raises eggs and fruits and vegetables that they give away to people in the neighborhood who need them as an act of tzedakah.

After a delicious snack (not yet grown on the farm), we divided into two groups - one that went to collect eggs from the very well fed chickens in the chicken coops and the other that went to plant sunflower seeds in the greenhouse.  Then we switched.  We learned lots of interesting facts such as chickens like a private place to lay eggs and the color of the eggshell can be determined by looking at the color of the chicken's legs!  We learned that seeds consist of several parts including an outer "jacket" to keep the seed warm.  We plan to go back in May and see how our sunflower seeds have grown.

Even though it was cold, it was great to be outdoors and see such an inspiring farm, hear Hebrew being spoken and a shofar being blown as a sign for us to join together.  Signs throughout the farm include ideas we talk about in class such as Bal Tashchit (not destroyng nature) and Saar Baal Chayim (taking care of living things).  It was very timely to visit Urban Adamah as we finished talking about spring plants and animals. and as we are looking at life in Israel and reading books about Israel and kibbutzim in order to celebrate Israel Independence Day on Thursday.   

Speaking of which, we want to remind you to bring in any pictures or souvenirs from family trips to Israel which we will look at Wednesday and Thursday.  Thursday we will have the treat again of having a Skype video conversation with Adiel's abba Yehudah who is in Israel with his 8th grade class.  Last year we also talked to him in Israel on Yom Ha'Atzmaut.  

Nevonim Teachers,

Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

Monday, April 23, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshohim

Hashavuah She'avar (last week)
April 23,2012
1 Iyar, 5773

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We did not have a chance to fill you in on last weeks activities in the
kitah. Here are some of the things that took place last week.

- On Monday, we mixed paints from primary colors.
- Our easel was in use a lot tlast week.
- On Thursday we made art on small pieces of paper.

- Havdallah with Malka on Monday!

-We had the guinnea pigs in our kitah for a couple of days last week and
we fed them and held them.

- Some very elaborate group block projections have emerged in the kitah
this week. For example, the children were using blocks to stack and
configure on the floor. Then some children began placing our wooden farm
animals on the top parts of their block structure.

-Some children were playing a game of "getting married". We took some
time at circle time to ask Anna some questions about her wedding. We
discovered that Anna and her guests went for a swim after the ceremony.

- Upon request of one of the children, we had another large cardboard
box for playing.

- We practiced singing Menachem's song "Mode Ani". Last Wednesday,
Menachem and a couple of his friends came to the Nevonim kitah and set
up microphones to record the voices of the children. The children were
pretty interested in the process and the participation.

- Out in the play yard, we checked up on our worms to make sure
everything was going well for them. We also fed them lots of banana
peels last week.

-A topic of discussion that is ever present, but was discussed a few
times last week was thinking about what kinds of words might hurt
peoples feelings and listening to other children when they don't like
the way someone else is playing.

We hope everyone has a pleasant week
Ofra and Anna

Friday, April 20, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

April 20, 2012
28 Nissan 5772

 Dear Nevonim Parents,

We had a great week of reconnecting with each other after the Pesah break.  On Monday, we had the fun and delicious treat of making chocolate pasta with Nava's abba Arnon who is a professional chef.  This was a big hit and a good way of celebrating Nava's birthday.  We also have started counting the Omer (the 49 days between Pesah and Shavuot) each day at circle. 

The weather has been so lovely that we had a picnic lunch outside one day, and several circles outside.  We have also had a lot of waterplay (remember to send in spare clothing for those wet, hot days).   We have been reading books by Mo Willems and Keiko Kasza - if you have any books by these two very funny authors, we would love it if you could share them with us.

We learned a new song about Miri and what she is wearing.  We put on several emergent Pirate plays.  We had the excitement of recording our voices singing with Rabbi Menachem the beautiful Modeh Ani that he wrote.

We tried some new art media - graph paper, paperclip chains, molds for playdough boxes and paper weaving - it is exciting to see ho many children have really improved their small motor skills. We added a new prayer to our morning circle t'fillah - "Mah Tovu" and when we get to the line "mishkanot'eycha", we all point to our mishkan!  Some of us played an elaborate rowboat adventure game, narrated by Adiel.  We were very excited to find caterpillars on our pea plants and a nest of baby spiders under our play structure.

Next week is Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) and we encourage you all to send your children to school with photos or momentos from any family trips to Israel.  Also, a reminder that Monday is our first of two field trips to Urban Adamah!

 Shabbat Shalom,

 Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

Friday, April 6, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

April 6, 2012
14 Nissan, 5772

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

We hope everyone has a wonderful Pesach tonight. Here are some of the
things that occurred in the kitah this week.

-The Pesach puppet show is still being requested at circle time!
- On Monday, we played with shaving cream and our soft blocks. The
shaving cream holds the blocks together, just like mortar. Some children
were letting out large sighs and explaining how difficult it is be a slave.
- We had several cleaning tools in the kitah this week as we cleaned our
space of chametz. We used dust pans and brushes, dusters, and rags. We
moved all the baskets and toys off the shelves and cleaned the chametz
that might be hiding back there.
- We talked about the different places that people will be going for Pesach.
- We read a lot of books about Pesach this week, learning more about the
story of Pesach and the Seder itself.

-We have some new toys in the kitah. Two new chairs just the right size
for our baby dolls. We also have some dollhouse sized baby cribs and a
stroller. But we don't have babies for the small toys! So.....
-So we drew babies on fabric, cut them out and stuffed them with cotton
balls. After, Ofra sewed up the edges with a needle and thread.
-Some children created "baby" stuffies and some children made other
things. One child made a ship, and another child made G-d.

- We tasted nasturtium flowers that one of the children brought in. SPICY!

- We fed the guinea pigs parsley that has been growing in our play yard.

-We played with Cacao mulch in our sensory table some more this week.

- Anna was not in this Friday because she got on airplane on Thursday to
Baltimore to visit her brother and see her parents. Nina was in on
Friday to help out and sub for her.

Hopefully everyone will have a pleasant Seder tonight and Chag Sameach!

Ofra and Anna

Thursday, April 5, 2012

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Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool
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for this coming school year.

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